The cooler temperatures and the occasional rain has helped to get people out of doors a little more and has kept the landscape a little greener. Our problem at the City has been that the rain puts a stop to our paving and so we have been delayed in completing that project. Last week we got some of the streets finished during the dry periods, but we will still be doing some paving this week, so if you see workers in the neighborhoods please pay attention. We fully expect to be finished by the end of this week, but we will be just as pleased to be further delayed by more rain if we are so blessed. With school starting next week, I would also encourage everyone to drive with some extra care, particularly in the school zones, and keep an eye out for students walking or waiting for the school bus each day.
One if the other problems with the lessening heat and the rain is that people are outdoors and notice the greater presence of pesky mosquitoes. Earlier there seemed to be fewer of the pests, and we gave away quite a number of mosquito dunks that I hope helped keep the population down, but now there are plenty of them and they make themselves at home on any exposed skin. In the next couple of weeks our City crews will go around town and spray some for mosquitoes, but we are planning to be selective and spray in areas that are weedy and good insect habitat. We expect to spray the park areas and the creek crossings, and we have been advised that the best time for selective spraying is the middle of the day when the mosquitoes are most concentrated in grasses and protected areas.
This last week was the closing of the City swimming pool since most of our life guards are on their way back to school and involved with various athletics or extracurricular activities. However, we have one extra possibility for adult fitness and exercise swimming. There is one adult couple who are qualified as life guards and are willing to volunteer on an occasional basis to have the pool open during the evenings, probably from 5:00 to 6:30. If you would like to participate in a fitness swimming program or even just wish to express an interest, please call the City office at 347-6449 and we will see if this is a workable program.
Another City issue that comes every year at this same time is the consideration of the budget for the coming year, and if you are interested in just how we plan to spend public funds in the coming months we have copies of the budget available at the City office. We are planning an increased budget of over $6.7 million for all of the services and projects we foresee in the next year, but we have a positive balance and expect to accomplish more than ever in improving our town. We will be glad to answer any question you might have about how we spend the City’s money, and anytime you have suggestions or concerns I hope you bring them to our attention so that we can provide the information you need. Mason is a great place to live and work and we intend to continue providing the services you have come to expect from the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley